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  • My fig orchard is growing

    My original 14 fig trees are planted near my house and along my driveway. In August 2013 I started my new fig orchard with about 2/3 of the 138 spots (3 rows, 46 trees each) planted at that time with the remaining spots filled in the summer of 2014. In March I removed 15 of those trees because they were duplicates or triplicates and not really needed that badly. I was sort of proud of myself showing the discipline to actually get rid of something I didn't need! Now I've added another 3 rows with room for 140 more trees. Between yesterday and today we got 77 of those spaces planted. In the attached photo you can see 4 trees which I've protected with wind breaks (frost cloth) as they were fairly large trees accustomed to the easy life in my greenhouse and I wanted to give them some protection for the winds. I have more trees that should be ready in 4-12 weeks but I'm not sure I'll get all of the spaces filled in this year. At the same time, I'm not sure if I have enough spaces for all the other trees I've got started.

    I have 16 different caprifigs and my current plans are to keep these in 15 gallon pots until I decide which of them I want to keep and where I might want to plant them. I don't want them planted too closely to my other figs as excess pollination can lead to spitting.

    I believe I have 208 varieties planted in the ground plus the 16 caprifigs and maybe another 50 or so (?) in earlier stages. I hope I can make it back down to maybe 100 of the best some day.
    You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 1 photos.
    My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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    More photos can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/Figaholics
    My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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    • #3
      Nice spread! I will be looking forward to the orchard updates.
      Brian
      Carolina Zone 7b/8a Wanted: Col De Dame

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      • #4
        Looks really great, Harvey. Visiting your place is such a learning experience, and you're adding to it all the time. Keep it up.
        Gary USDA 9A
        Sebastopol, CA

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        • #5
          Harvey C,
          Thanks for sharing the photos, info and link to your Facebook page.

          What are the spacing between plants and rows? Thanks.
          Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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          • HarveyC
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            Pete, spacing is 16' between rows and 12' within the row

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          Harvey wonderful ! You are very lucky but I hope to surpass you some day😉 OH! Hey "Rat killer" want to add a hitman to you rat killing team? (Men's size 14 shoe) Chicago alley rat
          You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 1 photos.
          Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
          1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
          2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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          • #7
            Nice Harvey. I would really like to visit in a few years because you are really making a great orchard. Why oh why do you live so far away?
            Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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            • HarveyC
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              Because you don't live in California!

          • #8
            Even if you pare down to 100 varieties you'll still want 2 - 5 of each, right?
            Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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            • #9
              I'm not sure what I would/will do if scaled back to 100. If I decide to do commercial fruit sales, I might evens scale back to less than 100 and have 25 trees each of the top 4-6 commercial prospects and 1 tree each of the others. The whole process is evolving and, as I get older, I don't know how much more work I want to make for myself.
              My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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